Gordon K. Davidson

Gordon Davidson is a partner in the Fenwick & West law firm and served as its Chairman for 18 years. He advises primarily high technology and life sciences companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies on corporate, securities, governance and transactional matters.  Gordy has worked with over 250 venture backed startups–and their founders, boards of directors and venture capital investors–including AirBNB, Apple, Bloom Energy, Calico, Electronic Arts, Facebook, GitHub, Intuit, Oracle, SuccessFactors, Symantec, Tanium, Uber and Workday.  He has represented issuers and underwriters in over 50 initial public offerings.  In addition, he has acted as lead counsel on over 100 mergers and acquisitions valued at more than $100 billion in the aggregate.  He is a regular speaker on capital formation and public offerings at the Securities Regulation Institute and on governance issues at the Stanford Directors College, and has taught classes on venture capital and mergers & acquisitions at the Stanford Law School.  He has served on several non-profit boards and currently serves on the Board of Fresh Lifelines for Youth.  He has a B.S./M.S. in electrical engineering from Stanford and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.  Before and during law school, he worked as a software engineer at a startup called Measurex.  After law school, he served as a law clerk for Judge Ben C. Duniway in the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Since then he has practiced law in Silicon Valley at Fenwick & West.

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